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Man this week… has been rough. Really, really rough. The crazy amounts of snow are just adding to the roughness but emotionally this has been a terrible week for me. At least 50% of it is thanks to PMS, but in the spirit of keeping it real I’m just struggling with a lot of personal issues in my life right now. Some days are better than others but this week it has been one thing after another. Getting out of bed is a part-time job to me right now. I just feel depressed before I’ve even turned off my alarm, unless I’m going to teach a class. I’ve had a migraine that started late yesterday afternoon and hasn’t quit. Add on to that eating like total junk and consuming WAY too much sugar and caffeine and I am a walking ball of irritability. Not my best look, ya’ll. I’m just really fried from all the things in my life that just aren’t bringing me any form of happiness. I’d love to open up about it more but I really can’t, just know I am definitely on the journey to finding what I need to get rid of in my life to be happier. It’s just a lot easier said than done. Especially because I’m not rich or come from a rich family who could support me. Ya feel me?

I was supposed to be leaving tonight to take the bus upstate for the weekend but the road conditions are terrible so I rescheduled for tomorrow morning. I am looking forward to a few days of no work, getting my hair done, seeing my family and my good friend Rachel for her baby shower.

On a happier note, I got to go to the SELF Magazine offices in Times Square on Tuesday night because I was chosen to be a healthy food taste tester! How rad is that? A few of us got to chow down on various different hummuses, low-sodium turkey, crackers, sweet potato fries, and raspberry sorbet, all of which were. If you are a reader of Self, you are probably familiar with their annual healthy food awards issue. It’s my favorite! I love reading it every year because it opens me up to new healthy foods that I probably overlook in the grocery store. I can’t wait to find out the results because the raspberry sorbet I picked is SO delicious, I don’t even have words. I was in the dairy-free taste testing group so everything I ate was devoid of lactose. Great news for my stomach and bowels. TMI.

This week’s workouts have included… teaching one spin class, and no running since Sunday. Pretty much waving my hopes of good spring half marathons goodbye (not really, that’s just the PMS talking 😉 ) My left hip was so tight and painful for 2 days after my last treadmill run though and I couldn’t even make it to 1 mile. At least I’ve eaten froyo twice this week? Ugh.

How do you overcome being way down in the dumps? 

Anyone else struggle on the treadmill physically? Why does it want to destroy my hip?

Hump Day Check-In

We’ve made it to hump day! Woo woo. How are you doing with your lose the fluff meals? I’m proud to say I have made it here with some delicious, healthy meals and good workouts. Let’s hope I can keep it up for the rest of the week! Here is a look at what my last 2 days of workouts and meals have looked like.

Monday:

4:30 AM wake up call to get to Soho to teach Spin. 

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I am fully aware that flavored coffee creamer isn’t very healthy, and I also don’t really care. I don’t dump 1/2 a cup in my coffee, but probably around 1-1.5 tbsp. I eyeball it but don’t go crazy. I’m not even a fan of hot coffee but it’s fast for me to make at home and it’s too cold in the mornings right now for me to handle iced coffee at 4:30 AM. That has to wait until 10:00 AM.

Workout: 1 mile treadmill run + taught 55 minute Spin class

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Breakfast:

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1/2 cup quick oats, 1 tsp brown sugar, cinnamon, banana topped with 1 tbsp coconut peanut butter and 1 tbsp Crofter’s organic raspberry jam.

Lunch:

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I made my turkey chili into vegetarian chili just by leaving out the turkey, adding an extra can of red kidney beans and a bunch of chopped up bell peppers. I actually did this just to save money and total calories. It’s still SO good without the meat! Topped with avocado, Frank’s hot sauce and some Fage 2% plain greek yogurt. I also had a 100 calorie bag of Popchips to dip in this. Favorite meal ever.

Snack 1:

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Snack 2:

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Dinner:

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This was so, so good! A can of tuna mixed with 1/2 a small avocado and sea salt, steamed plain broccoli, sweet potato chunks and ketchup/mustard to dip. It makes it all taste like a cheeseburger 😉

Tuesday:

I was off from both jobs for the first time in awhile! Would have loved to teach a class yesterday but no one needed a sub, so I slept in til almost 11 AM then had the same oats pictured above and coffee. I lounged around for awhile and then got hungry again around 1:30 and made this delicious pre-workout lunch.

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4 egg whites made flat, not scrambled, with some avocado pieces inside rolled up like a burrito, 4 pieces of turkey bacon, and whole wheat bread topped with Crofter’s raspberry jam. The salty-sweet combo of this lunch was the bombbbbbb.

Workout- 3 mile treadmill run + BodyPump class.

First BodyPump class in 5 months. Yikes. It was HARD, and I had to lower my weights a lot more than what I was up to in August before training for multiple half marathons took over my life. All that matters now is that I’m getting back into getting strong!

Dinner:

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It was so, so bitter cold yesterday. I came home from the gym and took a nice hot shower, then warmed up a bowl of my vegetarian chili topped with the usual suspects. Eaten in bed all cozied up is the ONLY good thing about winter.

Dessert:

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Keylime Chobani with 2 tsp Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips, 2 tsp coconut peanut butter and some fat-free Reddi Whip that I shouldn’t be eating because well, it’s dairy.

And the prize- homemade almond milk hot chocolate.

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No good way to photograph that but let me give you the recipe! I modified it just a little from this recipe.

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10-15 drops chocolate stevia or regular stevia, or desired sweetener
  • 2 tsp Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips (optional)

Pour all ingredients except chocolate chips into saucepan and heat on medium-heat, constantly stirring. I think I did this for about 4-5 minutes to get really hot but don’t let it come to a boil! The last 2 minutes or so I added in the chocolate chips so they would melt. I actually doubled the recipe so John could have some too and he liked it! That’s saying a lot since the boy lives on sugar. Top it with some fat-free Reddi Whip and it is the perfect winter night treat for less than 100 calories!

So there’s my last two days of workouts and food. I knew I would need a rest day after yesterday’s BodyPump class and it’s still too cold to run outside so I just slept in and am trying to stretch all day. The soreness is real, yo. Hoping to get in some running the next few days as the temperatures get warmer! I miss running outside so much. I don’t even know how I made it 3 miles yesterday on the treadmill, but I can tell you it involved stopping a few times to stretch out because it makes my hip so tight. Ugh.

What’s your hump day check in like?! Succeeding or having a little trouble? I feel like mid-week is when I start to feel like I’m a caged animal who hasn’t eaten treats in years. Stay strong!

My Worst Race.

Happy Hump Day, ya’ll! I had yesterday and today off and I very rarely get 2 consecutive days off. It has been pretty glorious. Yesterday I slept in til 11:30 (wut.) after a marathon of Breaking Bad Monday night that lasted until 2:00 AM with John. We wanted to get through the rest of Season 4 and that we did. And then I couldn’t fall asleep for awhile because the last episode scared the crap out of me. #baby

The rest of yesterday included lots of lounging in bed, then deciding to buy a new bed from a friend… or should I say, an actual bed. We have had a futon for the whole time we’ve lived here and for most of our relationship before NYC. One of my friends here is getting rid of her bed for a new one. I am REAL excited to not sleep on a futon anymore. I also ran a very cold 2.25 miles where I did nothing but wheeze and cough the whole time. I’ve been fighting a cold (but could be allergies?) for a few weeks but besides being super stuffed up, the coughing only occurs when outside. I’m thinking I may have cold-weather induced asthma because this has happened on all my other runs this year where the weather has been below 45. I know what you’re thinking… Just use the treadmill, you dummy! I can manage 3 miles AT THE MOST on the treadmill and that’s not even from just the complete boredom I feel on it, but my hips and knees start to hurt anything over that. I’m an outdoor long distance runner. I need tips/suggestions on how to not wheeze my way through the winter! Looks like I’m in the market for a ski-mask looking thing.

Another example of how much I hate winter is how craptastic my 5 mile race was on Sunday. It really doesn’t matter because it is one of the last 3 races I have to run to qualify for the marathon next year, so I could have walked the whole thing and it wouldn’t be a big deal. I just have to finish them. But alas, I figured I would at least be able to run the whole thing considering I don’t ever have to stop and walk while I’m running. I ran 2 miles as a warm-up and then within the first 2 miles of the race I had to stop and walk. My right hip flexor was painful already and I couldn’t catch my breath at even a 12-minute mile. It was cold out but also humid, pretty much a disaster. Besides my hip and breathing, I felt good mentally and decided to focus on being out there for a good cause and that I was going to be run/walking 8 miles total for the day and that is wonderful. Leave the pressure that is solely put on by ourselves on the road and move on! My PR for 5 miles is a little less than 50 minutes, and a few weeks ago my 5 mile race was below 51 minutes. Sunday’s 5 mile time was almost 58 minutes. Goes to show you, you never know what will happen on any given run. You might as well just enjoy the ability to move rather than focus on the time, right?

Besides my run ‘n wheeze yesterday, I did level 1 of Ripped in 30 since it’s been a hot minute since my last strength training workout. Yikes. I at least try to do some push-ups every few days so all has not been lost in my arms but that dvd kicks my trash EVERY TIME. My hammies are on fire today. I have a lot to do today but am going to try to fit in a round of level 2 and hopefully spin class later tonight. All depends when our bed gets delivered! I need to make another batch of my turkey chili that Erika loves (which means it HAS to be good), do 300 pounds of laundry and get more coffee before homework mania begins. Did I mention how much I can’t wait to sleep in my new bed tonight? 🙂

Do you have breathing issues with running outside in the cold?

Do you have a real bed or futon? Yes, I’m asking seriously. I’m real jealous of you if you have always had a real bed! I had a futon for most of high-school too because I thought they were cool? Like, I really made my parents get rid of my bed and buy me a futon. Such a fool.